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Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) Degree

Medical Doctors or Physicians care for healthy people and for those who are ill or injured. They perform physical examinations, diagnose, and treat illnesses, injuries, and other disorders, can perform surgery. They can prescribe and administer medications and treatments.


Timeline for medical school applicants. This timeline is subject to change based on students’ competitiveness and readiness to apply.

medical school application timeline

Pre-requisite Coursework

Before applying, medical schools will expect you to establish academic readiness through undergraduate coursework. Medical schools have specific coursework that is required for admission.

Research the requirements of the schools where you plan to apply. You can consult the individual medical school websites for information on admission requirements. A guide from the Association of American Medical Colleges, Medical School Admissions Requirements provides information on admission requirements for allopathic medical schools. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine publishes an Osteopathic Medical College Information Book that provides information on admissions requirements for osteopathic medical schools

Texas Medical School Coursework Requirements

14 hours of biology (12 hours lecture + 2 hours in labs)
UTSA course sequence: BIO 1404, BIO 1414, BIO 2313, Upper Div BIO elective xxx3

8 hours inorganic chemistry (6 hours lecture + 2 hours lab)
UTSA course sequence: CHE 1103 + CHE 1121 (lab) and CHE 1113 + CHE 1131 (lab)
8 hours organic chemistry (6 hours lecture + 2 hours lab)
UTSA course sequence: CHE 2603 + CHE 2612 (lab) and CHE 3643
3 hours biochemistry
UTSA approved courses: BIO 3513 or CHE 4303

8 hours Physics (6 hours lecture + 2 hours lab)
PHY 1603 + PHY 1611 (lab) and PHY 1623 + PHY 1631 (lab);  or
PHY 1943 + PHY 1951 (lab) and PHY 1963 + PHY 1971 (lab)

3 hours statistics
UTSA approved courses: STA 1053, STA 1403, PSY 2073, MS 1023